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Course Overview

Under the supervision of an academic you conduct independent research and produce a thesis in the form of a peer-reviewed manuscript.

This project develops your skills in scientific inquiry and critical analysis, as well as useful generic skills, including time management.

Projects are field-, lab- and/or desk-based, developed on a topic of your interest under the direction of a supervisor. 

This skill set will be useful both for future careers and further study in the field of biological science or other careers making use of these generic skills.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 5
Session Full Year Credit Points 75 credits (37.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr John Baird
  • Professor s martin

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Programme Level 5
  • MSci Biological Sciences

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • BI5001 Current Concepts in Biosciences: Theory, Resources and Research (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

An independent research project.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University week8

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Project Report/Dissertation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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After submission of the written thesis, students will receive verbal and written formative feedback, with a summary of strengths and weaknesses, along with the mark. Students will also be required to present their research in a viva.

Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes

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